Romney on Obama’s new DREAM rule: “I’d like to see legislation that deals with this issue”

posted at 6:36 pm on June 15, 2012 by Allahpundit

BuzzFeed notes, correctly, that the most important part here is what he didn’t say.

He continued: “I think the actions that the president took today make it more difficult to reach that kind of long term solution because an executive order, of course, is a short-term matter that can be reversed by subsequent presidents.”…

“I’d like to see legislation that deals with this issue,” Romney said. “And I happen to agree with Marco Rubio, as he said this is an important matter, we have to find a long-term solution.”

He did not respond to questions shouted to him by the press corps about whether he would reverse Obama’s decision.

Some commenters in the other thread grumbled when I said it’s unlikely that President Romney would reverse this order, but Mitt’s not going to alienate the growing Latino demographic by rescinding it when he has a conservative rock star like Rubio to give him political cover on the substance of DREAM with the base. (It’s no coincidence that he mentioned Rubio in his remarks today, just like it’s no coincidence that the White House is very nervous indeed about the vote-shifting potential of Rubio’s DREAM proposal.) He’ll end up saying something like this: “While I disagree with former President Obama’s decision to use a DHS order to impose this policy unilaterally, revoking the order now would cause even more disruption to our broken immigration system. I call on Congress to address this matter urgently by passing a DREAM Act that shows compassion for young illegal immigrants who are here through no fault of their own while strengthening enforcement of our borders to prevent this problem from blah blah blah.”

Could he get away with that? There was a ferocious backlash on the right to comprehensive immigration reform in 2007, but (a) DREAM isn’t as extensive, (b) there was no Senator Rubio at the time to help soften opposition on the right, and (c) conservatives are increasingly aware that they can’t afford entrenched opposition among Latino voters long-term. Granted, you won’t see anything like a heavy GOP majority in Congress voting for this, but you might get enough Republicans to join with Democrats to push it through, especially with Romney (and Rubio, of course) out in front. Speaking of which, here’s Rubio’s statement today:

There is broad support for the idea that we should figure out a way to help kids who are undocumented through no fault of their own, but there is also broad consensus that it should be done in a way that does not encourage illegal immigration in the future. This is a difficult balance to strike, one that this new policy, imposed by executive order, will make harder to achieve in the long run.

Today’s announcement will be welcome news for many of these kids desperate for an answer, but it is a short term answer to a long term problem. And by once again ignoring the Constitution and going around Congress, this short term policy will make it harder to find a balanced and responsible long term one.

He disapproves of the power grab, which risks alienating Republicans who might otherwise have voted yes on his own DREAM proposal, but he seems okay with the policy shift. As for his own eternally gestating bill, the specifics so far are still thin but he did tell CBS in an interview set to air on Sunday that he supports visas for DREAM candidates, not immediate citizenship, and that the class of people who are eligible has to be smaller than in the Democratic versions of DREAM. Good enough to get the bill to President Romney’s desk in 2013? We’ll find out.


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CorporatePiggy on June 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM

she didn’t mention mitts name in last night speech. you can go with the rest of mitts sheep to the slaughter. i’ll stand free and proud.

ARRIBA SARAH!. Por la gente. when the choice is between a dog eater and a dog seater. Go with the Chick.

renalin on June 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM

when i hear Sarah speak i see an eagle flying in the breeze.
when i hear mitt, i see that same eagle locked in a cage on the top of his limousine.

renalin on June 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM

knock knock

who’s there

illegal

illegal who?

illegal stay in the nest till mitts amnesty kicks in.

renalin on June 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Mittens is a pussy and idiot. I still have to vote for him – being held hostage to that vote because of the Indonesian Destroyer who wants our nation totally taken apart – but I dislike Mittens intensely and want to impeach his azz the minute he’s sworn in. He sucks. He’s only lucky that America has no choice at this point.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Aren’t you on shift at the mall to pass out some Obama campaign literature this morning?

Bradky on June 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

If that was the case you’d be like this.

Dunedainn on June 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM

ARRIBA SARAH!. Por la gente. when the choice is between a dog eater and a dog seater. Go with the Chick.

renalin on June 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM

For all the talk about Mittbots, Sarah’s the only cult leader in town these days.

Newsflash – she ain’t running for anything.

CorporatePiggy on June 16, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Mittens is a pussy and idiot. I still have to vote for him – being held hostage to that vote because of the Indonesian Destroyer who wants our nation totally taken apart – but I dislike Mittens intensely and want to impeach his azz the minute he’s sworn in. He sucks. He’s only lucky that America has no choice at this point.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

What a pathetic, childish, rant. Does anyone seriously believe this poster is eligible to vote?

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.

joana on June 16, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Newsflash – she ain’t running for anything.

CorporatePiggy on June 16, 2012 at 1:18 PM

jajaja! mitt is unworthy. time to get a new sheriff.

renalin on June 16, 2012 at 1:25 PM

For all the talk about Mittbots, Sarah’s the only cult leader in town these days.

Newsflash – she ain’t running for anything.

CorporatePiggy on June 16, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Newsflash — Palin isn’t running and may never run for any political office ever again, yet STILL manages to make it abundantly clear, just by EXISTING, just by what she said and did when she WAS in office, how much Romney SUCKS.

Deal with it.

Aitch748 on June 16, 2012 at 1:38 PM

So has Mittens taken a forceful stand on any issue since becoming the Nominee, or has it really all just been this sort of punting?

Buckshot Bill on June 16, 2012 at 7:14 AM

But of course. He still likes his bacon and eggs in the morning, that won’t change.

riddick on June 16, 2012 at 1:41 PM

So, how long until Mittens is fully endorsing outright amnesty?

Early September would be my guess, probably in a bid to shore up his polling in FL and AZ.

Buckshot Bill on June 16, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Americans are electing another do-nothing Wall Street patsy if Romney gets the Presidency.

Romney is such a dud!

Sparky5253 on June 16, 2012 at 2:01 PM

You so smart sparky5253.

tom daschle concerned on June 16, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Newsflash — Palin isn’t running and may never run for any political office ever again, yet STILL manages to make it abundantly clear, just by EXISTING, just by what she said and did when she WAS in office, how much Romney SUCKS.

Deal with it.

Bitch748 on June 16, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Honey, anyone with a dime’s worth of spine and a spoonful of conviction can show up Romney for the overdressed weathervane that he is. We don’t need Gigglepuss McQuitter for that task; half the conservative posters on HA would do. Even MadisonConservative for pete’s sake.

MelonCollie on June 16, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Deal with it.

Aitch748 on June 16, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Like a dead rockstar, she can do no wrong for some of you.

CorporatePiggy on June 16, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Deal with it.

Aitch748 on June 16, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Like a dead rockstar, she can do no wrong for some of you.

CorporatePiggy on June 16, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Au contraire. We Palinistas have criticized her quite frequently, something I can’t say for either Mittbots or Paulbots. “She can do no wrong” though in your universe equals “I don’t believe she’s a subhuman ultra-toxic moronic joke”.

ddrintn on June 16, 2012 at 3:12 PM

….quit rationalizing .

tencole on June 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM

LOL…telling a ‘bot to quit rationalizing is like telling water not to be wet.

ddrintn on June 16, 2012 at 3:14 PM

He disapproves of the power grab, which risks alienating Republicans who might otherwise have voted yes on his own DREAM proposal, but he seems okay with the policy shift

Sigh. Yet another reason that I can’t vote for this RINO.

It is Libertarian this year, I guess. :/

Theophile on June 16, 2012 at 3:40 PM

joana on June 16, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Christ, now you’re reduced merely to attacking Romney critics by accusing them of being underage?

Crazy, racist, underage: the holy trifecta of poor debate tactics.

MadisonConservative on June 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM

She’s a pundit. If she were in a position of actual power and responsibility she would fold like a cheap suit.

CorporatePiggy on June 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Yeah, she really folded when she was overseeing the Alaska Gas and Oil Conservation Commission. She folded so hard she folded numerous corrupt officials. She folded so hard they elected her as Governor. You really are arguing from a position of authority, aintcha?

MadisonConservative on June 16, 2012 at 4:28 PM

For all the talk about Mittbots, Sarah’s the only cult leader in town these days.

Newsflash – she ain’t running for anything.

CorporatePiggy on June 16, 2012 at 1:18 PM

As someone who likes Palin and who obviously supports Romney (anyone who doesn’t support Romney at this point is for Obama, by the way), I have to admit that some of the most embarrassing people commenting on this site are the overly devoted Sarah Palin worshipers. It seems that many of these Palinistas never quite came to terms with the fact that Palin decided not to run. I think a lot of them are still in denial and believe that their cult leader Sarah will return to save the day again. Though Palin never quite lived up to people’s hopes and expectations during the 2008 campaign, and though Palin quit her job as governor half-way through her first term, the Palinistas still view Palin as an infallible goddess that no one else can measure up to. It’s kind of sad, and one has to treat them with kid gloves at times.

Some of the

bluegill on June 16, 2012 at 4:33 PM

when i hear Sarah speak i see an eagle flying in the breeze.

renalin on June 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM

You almost have to laugh at this point when you see them post and wonder if they are liberals posing as dopey overzealous Palin followers. The truly intolerable and inexcusable Palinistas are the ones like ddrintn and others who have taken to supporting Obama.

bluegill on June 16, 2012 at 4:44 PM

You almost have to laugh at this point when you see them post and wonder if they are liberals posing as dopey overzealous Palin followers. The truly intolerable and inexcusable Palinistas are the ones like ddrintn and others who have taken to supporting Obama.

bluegill on June 16, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Very true. Some of them indeed look like caricatures. SNL characters.

joana on June 16, 2012 at 5:15 PM

mittens is an unprincipled spineless non-conservative milquetoast…the gop and mittens deserve each other…neither obama nor mittens is worthy of my vote. . . is either worthy of yours?

NOMITTNOBAMA 2012

Pragmatic on June 16, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Though Palin never quite lived up to people’s hopes and expectations during the 2008 campaign, and though Palin quit her job as governor half-way through her first term, the Palinistas still view Palin as an infallible goddess that no one else can measure up to.

bluegill on June 16, 2012 at 4:33 PM

No, just that Mitt Romney doesn’t measure up. Infallible goddess? Of course not. Capable of completely outshining and overshadowing Romney? Then again admittedly that’s not hard to do. Romney makes Steve Forbes look like Mr Excitement.

ddrintn on June 16, 2012 at 5:26 PM

bluegill on June 16, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Indeed.

You go to war with the army you’ve got, not the one you wish you had.

Or if you’re a TruCon, you just roll over and play dead.

CorporatePiggy on June 16, 2012 at 5:47 PM

I notice that he said he would like to see that. Well mr. Obummer why did you not initiate legislation? Why did not Sen Reid publicly engourage that? What is wrong with some folks? We can guess. What would a socialist do? Is Sen. Reid a socialist? We know the other half of the puzzle.

jake49 on June 16, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Or if you’re a TruCon, you just roll over and play dead.

CorporatePiggy on June 16, 2012 at 5:47 PM

It’s been pointed out before, but it’s telling how often the ‘bots use “conservative” as a pejorative term. Scratch a ‘bot, find a lib.

ddrintn on June 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Newsflash — Palin isn’t running and may never run for any political office ever again, yet STILL manages to make it abundantly clear, just by EXISTING, just by what she said and did when she WAS in office, how much Romney SUCKS.

Deal with it.

Bitch748 on June 16, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Honey, anyone with a dime’s worth of spine and a spoonful of conviction can show up Romney for the overdressed weathervane that he is. We don’t need Gigglepuss McQuitter for that task; half the conservative posters on HA would do. Even MadisonConservative for pete’s sake.

MelonCollie on June 16, 2012 at 2:57 PM

So what the hell is your objection to what I said, you nasty creep?

Aitch748 on June 16, 2012 at 9:21 PM

It’s been pointed out before, but it’s telling how often the ‘bots use “conservative” as a pejorative term. Scratch a ‘bot, find a lib.

ddrintn on June 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM

He used TruCon, not conservative.

I never found a TruCon who was actually a conservative.

joana on June 16, 2012 at 11:25 PM

It’s been pointed out before, but it’s telling how often the ‘bots use “conservative” as a pejorative term. Scratch a ‘bot, find a lib.

ddrintn on June 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Bingo.

I never found a TruCon who was actually a conservative.

joana on June 16, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Once again, if you disagree with joana, you’re either crazy, racist, or under the age of 18. Also, if she calls you a “TruCon” because you point out that she’s an unprincipled dhimmi that will roll over to please liberals more than conservatives…then you aren’t conservative.

Because joana is Lord. Praise Her.

MadisonConservative on June 16, 2012 at 11:31 PM

In October 2006, I met Mitt at a conservative conference, shook his hand, and said, “No amnesty”.

Earlier this year, Mitt said he would veto the DREAM Act.

On all debates with open-borders Newt, Mitt said that self-deportation was the answer. (NOTE: Newt’s dramatic downturn in the polls started when he insulted all law-respecting Americans and legal immigrants with his comments on this issue.)

Also earlier this year, about April, on the Charlie Rose show, Rose asked, “What about the ones (illegal aliens) already here?”

Mitt: “They have to go home.”

Rose: “They have to go home?”

Mitt: “Yes, they have to go home.”

Rose (incredulously) “They have to go home??”

Mitt: “Yes, Charlie, they have to go home.”

And just today: complete flop to Obama’s stance??

With this poll, showing that 40% of Hispanic Americans REJECT AMNESTY, while 54% prefer amnesty, why should the GOP try to out-pander Democrats (a losing proposition). Isn’t 40% of the Hispanic vote enough for a GOP victory?

And if you think the poll is obsolete, do you think with the current economic slump that low-economic-ladder legal immigrants
favor more illegal job competition?

FLIP FLOP FLIP FLOP

I held my nose in 2004 with open-borders Bush.

I held my nose in 2008 with open-borders McCain.

Why vote GOP if they intend to give our country away to foreign invaders, just like the Democrats?

fred5678 on June 17, 2012 at 3:35 AM

Once again, if you disagree with joana, you’re either crazy, racist, or under the age of 18. Also, if she calls you a “TruCon” because you point out that she’s an unprincipled dhimmi that will roll over to please liberals more than conservatives…then you aren’t conservative.

MadisonConservative on June 16, 2012 at 11:31 PM

The nice thing about TruCons is that they are the kind of ‘principled’ idiots who took part in the Charge of the Light Brigade.

You probably haven’t read it.

Keep raging against that dying light Maddy. Who are we favoring for the write-in this week?

CorporatePiggy on June 17, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Who are we favoring for the write-in this week?

CorporatePiggy on June 17, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Dunno. Suggest someone that would further annoy you. I do so love your dogged harassment just because I’m not voting the way you want me to, especially including your constant lies about me supporting Obama.

MadisonConservative on June 17, 2012 at 11:01 AM

MadisonConservative on June 16, 2012 at 11:31 PM

You’re a lying sack of s**t.

MadisonConservative on June 15, 2012 at 12:09 PM

You’re scum.

MadisonConservative on June 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM

You’re not worth another keystroke, you dishonest pig.

MadisonConservative on June 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Shame on you.

MadisonConservative on June 15, 2012 at 11:57 AM

How f**king dare you? Tell me, you elitist ass.

MadisonConservative on June 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM

From what pillar of mental health judgment do you cast your aspersions?
MadisonConservative on June 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM

You are truly a sellout with no values whatsoever.

MadisonConservative on June 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM

You have no right to even address or discuss principle when you clearly have none of your own, you hollow, empty shell of a person.

MadisonConservative on June 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM

You’re pathetic.

MadisonConservative on June 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM

From a single thread. Not even the worst examples.

MadisonConservative calls this “being passionate”.

joana on June 17, 2012 at 11:18 AM

People need to be continually reminded that any form of a “Dream Act” will be that much more positive reinforcement for Mexicans to sneak their families into the US illegally.

Sure their kids are “innocent” but we need to look after our own first – just like they do (check out their not so friendly immigration policies).

The correct response to Obama’s “It’s the right thing to do” is that it’s the right thing to do to protect our own, our own children against illegal job competition and to protect our borders.

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Bmore on June 17, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Why do these spineless politicians always say that they would like to see a “fix” to our immigration laws as though something is broken? How about enforcing the law and if there is indeed something broken, change the law. I believe that all of this is political pandering and they are just afraid to offend anyone, even if that someone is not American. It’s time to stop selling out the American people to people of other nations.

SGinNC on June 18, 2012 at 12:31 PM

SGinNC on June 18, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Fixing Immigration is Newspeak, like the book 1984

The pols say “fix” immigration since the logical, legal and traditional position is to toss the lawbreakers out of the country. The compassionate, politically correct and vote getting position is no great punishment but also not to just hand them citizenship.

The idea is that these poor innocents are just trying to be Americans.

The fact that the government of Mexico is aiding them or that the majority have no skills and do have criminal records is seldom noticed.

The main argument is that we can’t afford to expel 12 million people. This makes us sound weak and will not enforce our laws.

Any ideas about bounty hunters or bringing back slavery has gotten no traction.

IlikedAUH2O on June 18, 2012 at 3:14 PM

no sign of Obama girl this time around- meet Romney Girl in “America Street” (video) http://youtu.be/PiPYv4NIOEg

joisSC on August 15, 2012 at 8:17 PM

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